Local leaders in south express support for defense minister

Regional council heads in the south express support for Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon after Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said Friday that Ya’alon had “failed utterly” in providing security for residents of the south, Israel Radio reports.

Sdot Negev regional council head Tamir Idan says residents support Ya’alon and renounce any condemnations of his conduct. Sha’ar Hanegev regional council head Alon Schuster says accusations against the minister are uncalled for.

Davidi said Ya’alon had failed in deterring Hamas from firing rockets at Israeli communities and had proved “feeble” in his response to the threat.

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